Solomon says to the messengers from Sheba,
"I send you back as messengers to her.
Tell her this refusal of her gift
of gold is better than acceptance,
because with it she can learn what we value.
She loves her throne, but actually it keeps
her from passing through the doorway
that leads to a true majesty.
Tell her, one surrendering bow is sweeter
than a hundred empires, is itself a kingdom.
Be dizzy and wandering like Ibrahim,
who suddenly left everything.
In a narrow well things look backward
from how they are. Stones and metal objects
seem treasure, as broken pottery does
to children pretending to buy and sell.
Tell her, Joseph sat in such a well,
then reached to take the rope that rose
to a new understanding. The alchemy
of a changing life is the only truth."